The prevalence of and issues associated with the help seeking behavior among college student-athletes /Show full item record
|Title||The prevalence of and issues associated with the help seeking behavior among college student-athletes /|
|Abstract||Division I student-athletes are faced with unique and sometimes stressful college experiences. They are expected to meet the academic rigors associated with attending college while also excelling in their team sport. And yet, research reported by the NCAA (2016) indicates student-athletes are less likely to seek mental health counseling than their non-athlete counterparts for issues related to depression and anxiety. The hesitation to seek mental health counseling has been attributed to the athletic culture, influences of those close to the student-athlete, and a lack of resources. In order to best assist student-athletes with mental health related concerns, including performance anxiety, one must first hear their narratives. A mixed-methods research study was conducted to explore the prevalence of and issues associated with help-seeking behavior of college student-athletes. The results of this study indicated that while student-athletes struggled with the same mental health concerns of their non-athlete counterparts, they had an increased pressure of maintaining their student-athlete identity. The challenge in addressing their mental health needs was due to the lack of time available for anything other their academic and athletic commitments. The most desired (and possibly most effective) solution in accommodating the emotional and mental health needs of this unique student population was being able to seek mental health services within the confines of the athletic department. This location was found to be a safe place in which student-athletes spent the majority of their time and felt the most connected to the campus, peer group, and stakeholders.|
|Description||Ed. D.Texas Christian University2019
College of Education; advisor, Don Mills.
Includes bibliographical references.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed July 16, 2019).
|Subject||College athletes Mental health United States.
College athletes Counseling of United States.
Academic achievement United States.
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